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Division of Policy, Communications, and Education


The Division of Policy, Communications, and Education (DPCE) serves as the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) link to the community at large and provides a focal point for NHGRI policy development. The division advises the NHGRI director and other institute leadership on a comprehensive range of issues relevant to the NHGRI research portfolio, providing leadership and coordination for policy and outreach activities. The division is charged with representing the institute to other agencies and policy makers, including Congress, and serves as a resource on genomics and related advances on National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other trans-federal committees. The division provides core support for the synthesis of trans-institute expertise on research, education, and policy topics relevant to the implications of genomics research and technology for health and society.


The division's mission is to promote the integration and utilization of genomic knowledge to advance human health and society. The division achieves this mission by engaging broad communities of stakeholders in the institute's activities and promoting dialog and awareness of the potential implications of the application of this knowledge within society. Stakeholder communities include: the general public, advocacy organizations, news media, non-profit organizations, professional societies, academic institutions, policy makers, educators, students, healthcare professionals, researchers, Congress, HHS, NIH and NHGRI advisors. To achieve its aims, the division collaborates closely with the research divisions within NHGRI, as well as with other partners across NIH. 


  1. To inform and educate stakeholders about genomic research, applications and issues.
  2. To facilitate stakeholder participation in the development and implementation of NHGRI initiatives.
  3. To encourage the application of genomic technologies and information within society through positive and empowering mechanisms.


Working Group

  • Community Engagement in Genomics Working Group
    The NHGRI Community Engagement in Genomics Working Group (CEGWG) was established in 2017 as a working group of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. The mission of the CEGWG is to engage communities to ensure that genomics and genomic medicine benefits all.


Division Director

Laura Lyman Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Operations Coordinator for the Director

Devona Perrineau

Division of Policy, Communications, and Education Staff


Division of Policy, Communications, and Education
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 4B09
9000 Rockville Pike, MSC 2152
Rockville, MD 20892

Phone: (301) 594-7165
Fax: (301) 402-0381

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Last Updated: August 20, 2018

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Long-Range Planning